Eye-catching sights light up night skies

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Two eye-catching sights lit up night skies this week.

The first?  A meteor caught by NASA cameras at the Allegheney Observatory outside Pittsburgh.

It streaked across the night sky early Tuesday morning.

The meteor weighed about 500 lbs and disintegrated in the atmosphere at 45,000 mph!

The second beautiful sight comes from Hanna Blankenship in North Pole, Alaska.

She took some beautiful pictures of the Northern Lights, which have been very active this week!

The Northern Lights are technically called Aurora Borealis.

They were named by Galileo, after the Roman goddess of the dawn and the Greek name for the northern wind.

The greenish hue is achieved when solar wind sends charged particles into the earth's magnetosphere.


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